The mourning of Christ by angels, Federico Dzukkari

The mourning of Christ by angels, Federico Dzukkari
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  • Posted by Federico Zukkari
  • Museum: Borghese Gallery
  • Year: Around 1566-1570

Overview of the painting :

The mourning of Christ by angels is Federico Dzukkari. Around 1566-1570. Oil on canvas. 232×142
   The Roman artist, a representative of the mannerism, Federico Dzukkari (1542 / 1543-1609) addressed in his picture a rather rare iconography – mourning the Savior who had been removed from the cross by angels.

   In the cave, where the burial of Jesus is to take place, angels stand around Him with torches in their hands. One of them, looking up to the sky, supports His body, in the image of which the artist was inspired by the art of Michelangelo Buonarroti. The powerful torso of Christ at Dzukkari dates back to the paintings of the Sistine Chapel, and His pose and elongated heavy body resemble the latest work of Michelangelo – the sculpture group “Pieta Rondanini” (1552-1564, Sforza Castle, Milan). However, in the elongated figures of angels, several artificial colors of robes, endless flexible lines and the deliberate beauty of the whole depicted, the brush of the manneritic is visible.

   The painter placed the scene in the bright light of torches that accelerate the darkness of the cave, thereby reinforcing the effect of an unusual event occurring in the picture.